What’s in Your Mouth?

“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer” (Psalm 19:14).

Communications experts tell us that the average person speaks enough to fill 20 single-spaced, typed pages every day. This means that, on average, we speak enough words to fill 2 books of 300 pages each month, 24 books each year, and 1,200 books in 50 years of speaking. Thanks to telephones, cell phones, voice-mail and conversations our words make up a large part of our lives. Therefore, what we say and how we say it are very important.

The psalmist’s mouth was filled with words of praise to God when he wrote Psalm 19. He praised God for the wonder of His natural creation and His law, then went on to ask for cleansing and protection from sin, and finally he asked God to let the words of his mouth and the meditation of his heart be pleasing and acceptable in His sight. There is a definite connection between the mouth and the heart. The words of my mouth are the product of the thoughts of my heart. Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matthew 12:34).

Words are very powerful. They can build up, or they can tear down. They can produce life, or they can produce death. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21a). Our words can and should be used to edify and exhort others and to praise and glorify the Lord. We should be mindful of what we say, lest we say whatever comes to mind!

“Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man” (Colossians 4:6).

Maybe it would be a good idea to begin every day by repeating the prayer of the psalmist in Psalm 19:14!